Property expert Sarah Beeny, her husband Graham Swift and their four boys have all quit their lives in London to start anew in the country. They’ve bought a former dairy farm in Somerset where, with 220 acres of land, they’re immersing themselves in everything rural life has to offer.
They’re halfway through building their dream energy-efficient classic English stately home, and with the shell complete, they’re tackling the interior, one room at a time. Cement mixers roll in to pump screed throughout the property – a job for the whole family – but it’s not all plain sailing as rain threatens to derail the process. Once the floor is in, fitting out the interior can begin.
The family have set themselves the target of getting the grand hallway ready for their first visitors in six months’ time. For inspiration, they head to Crowcombe Court, a local stately home that was completed in 1739 by landowner Thomas Carew.
Sarah Beeny’s New Life in the Country – Tuesday at 8pm on Channel 4